Acts 28:7-10 (KJV)
7 In the same quarters were possessions of the chief man of the island, whose name was Publius; who received us, and lodged us three days courteously. 8 And it came to pass, that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and of a bloody flux: to whom Paul entered in, and prayed, and laid his hands on him, and healed him. 9 So when this was done, others also, which had diseases in the island, came, and were healed: 10 Who also honoured us with many honours; and when we departed, they laded us with such things as were necessary.

The Apostle Paul was a prisoner and was being transported by boat when a storm ran the boat aground. The centurion allowed the men to swim to safety for Paul�s sake even though the standing order was to kill any who might flee. Once on the island, the people there witnessed Paul being bit by a viper as he gathered fire wood. Those who saw this thought surely Paul was cursed and would die. He was thrown into the water by the ship wreck and even surviving that he was bitten by a poisonous snake. Yet Paul lived and did not show any signs of being bitten. The people then believed Paul to be something special. They allowed Paul to pray and heal the father of the chief. Paul then went on to heal many others even though he was still a prisoner.

Paul had a purpose in life and that was to share the message of Christ with those who would listen. Even as a prisoner Paul reached out to many. Even as a prisoner Paul was willing to assist others in need. Paul understood his faith in God was his strength, his rock, his shield. He understood the power of prayer and its effective use. He prayed for those needing salvation. He prayed for those who needed healing. He prayed that God might be glorified. Paul prayed and gave praises to God. Christ changed Paul and gave him a clear understanding of who he was and his mission for God. Like Paul, reach out to others in the name of Christ. Pray for those who need healing. Give God praise for all that happens in your life knowing even the difficult times are meant to strengthen you.